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Maki Becker is the breaking news and criminal justice editor at The Buffalo News.


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James Ellis has kept the faded yellow clipping from The Buffalo Evening News for 35 years. "Making it official – James Herman Ellis, the small, cuddly person show above, had the distinction of being the first baby born in the new wing of Children's Hospital," the caption read. "The son of Theodore and Barbara Ellis, above, of West Seneca, James was born at 3:08 p.m. W…

Attractions

A pair of dinosaurs went on a rampage through the newsroom of The Buffalo News Thursday morning, mauling reporters, tossing editors asunder – and making sure they got some publicity for this weekend's Dino Daze event at the Buffalo Museum of Science. The dinosaurs were promoting the two-day dinosaur-themed event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12, which …

An inmate at Attica Correctional Facility was charged with aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate, a felony, for allegedly throwing feces at a passing correctional officer and an inmate who was being escorted, State Police said. The alleged incident took place on April 17. The inmate, Luis Guzman, 28, is currently housed at Auburn Correctional Facility…

Crime

Three Allegany County teenagers have been charged with negligent homicide following the overdose death of an 18-year-old Andover man, State Police said. Four young men drove from Allegany County to the Rochester area on Oct. 22 to buy heroin, according to the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. During the trip, investigators said, Gregory M. Dunne, 18, sno…

Local News

Get out your mittens. It's about to get cold, which should be no surprise to Western New Yorkers in November. Still, meteorologists and area law enforcement are reminding the public that cold weather can make for tricky driving conditions. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s Thursday and won't get higher than the upper 20s on Friday. At the same time, r…

Local News

Sarah Evans of Buffalo was trying to do her civic duty – voting in Tuesday's election at the YMCA on Delaware Avenue – when a tear in her ballot almost prevented her from casting her vote. She said she wasn't the only one to have to deal with a torn ballot. She said she saw a poll worker accidentally rip a ballot as it was being torn from the ballot booklet and she …

Local News

Flood warnings in the Buffalo area have been canceled as of Tuesday morning after many creeks reached flood level Sunday night and Monday. One exception was Foote Road in the Town of Royalton, which was closed this morning between Wolcottsville Road and the Erie County line due to flooding, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office announced. Also Tonawanda Creek in Batavi…

Local News

Buffalo police are asking the public's help in finding Thaddeus Hunley, 60, who was last seen leaving his home on Mapleridge Ave. at about 8 a.m. Saturday. Hunley was described as 5 feet tall and weighing 125 pounds. He has gray eyes. Police said has dementia and walks with a limp. Police asked anyone who knows his whereabouts to call 911.

Crime

There were two sets of "Road Closed" signs on South Stockton Cassadaga Road Monday morning to warn motorists about floodwaters on the roadway. But Gerald Haley, 52, of Stockton, drove around them at about 7:30 a.m., proceeded south on the road and got stuck in the water, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Haley's vehicle was partially submerged when…

A Cheektowaga woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she allegedly crashed a small SUV into a house on South Protection Road in Holland at about 7 p.m. Friday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. When a deputy arrived at the scene, he saw the SUV had front-end damage and was wedged between a tree and the house. The house sustained foundation damage. T…

Erie County

An inmate awaiting sentencing at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden died Sunday morning, turning attention on the Erie County Sheriff's Office just before Election Day. Prior to Sunday, 22 inmates had died since Tim Howard was elected sheriff in 2005. Sunday's death brings the total to 23. Initial reports indicate the inmate died of natural causes and receiv…

Erie County

A massive sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of an East Aurora cafe Sunday night as heavy rains drenched the region and a culvert that diverts Tannery Brook under Main Street collapsed. Michael DiJoseph, owner of Mikey Dee's Cafe, a restaurant and catering business at 227 Main St., estimated the hole near his business was 40 by 70 feet wide and 16 feet deep. "It'…

Local News

All of the creeks in the Buffalo area have flooded or are expected to flood Monday following heavy rains Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. The creeks involved are: Buffalo Creek Near Gardenville Cayuga Creek Near Lancaster Ellicott Creek Near Williamsville Cazenovia Creek Near Ebenezer Tonawanda Creek At Batavia Ton…

Local News

As Wende Walsh recently listened to a  New York City Police recording of Harvey Weinstein, she remembered a snowy night in Buffalo nearly 40 years ago. In the New York  City Police recording, which was part of a sting, Weinstein pleaded with a young model whom he had allegedly groped to come into his hotel room. "It all came back," Walsh said. "It just sounded s…

Crime

A Buffalo man was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after being shot multiple times early Friday morning on Walden Avenue, Buffalo police said. The shooting took place just after 1:10 a.m. in the 100 block of Walden, near Genesee Street. The victim was described as a 35-year-old Buffalo man. His name was not released. Police request anyone with i…